Members of a film production company accused that the mobilized truckers “charged tolls” on Route 5 north to get through. $300 thousand is the sum that they asked those affected.
A film producer accused that the truckers who are mobilized in the north would be charging money to those who do not adhere to their demands, something like a toll, and thus be able to continue on their way.
Let's remember that since Monday the Confederation of Fuerza Norte Carriers began a strike in different areas, where they ask for measures for greater security and help to pay for the high price of fuel.
However, despite the proposal offered by the Government, the truckers will continue to mobilize. Following this, Vice President Carolina Tohá announced this Wednesday that they will use the State Security Law.
According to La Segunda, members of a film production company accused that near kilometer 480 of Ruta 5 Norte, the Paralyzed truckers, in addition to cutting off traffic, are charging money from trucks that do not support their demands and even threatening to throw stones at them.
They also pointed out that this situation would have occurred with the presence of Carabineros.
They would have asked for $300 thousand
“I am filming a series. At this moment in the north of Chile and the #Truck DriversGolpistas have just asked us for CLP$300,000 (US$325) so that the production trucks could pass through the highway. @Carabdechile was present and did not prevent it. Let's talk about the mafia”, director Gabriel Díaz of the production company Parox wrote yesterday on Twitter.
When consulted by the aforementioned outlet, Díaz reaffirmed what he published last night on his networks and said that the person who actually carried out the transaction did not want to report it for fear of reprisals.
“It is something that happened in the route 5 north last night. There was a change in the treatment in the day and night. During the day, the trucks were able to pass, but at night the deal had changed a lot. I was in a van ahead, but the production trucks that were behind were stopped,” explained the director of the production company.
To this he added that “a person from the producer had to get off to 'negotiate’ with the truckers, who called themselves the ‘truckers union’ and that they told him that the only possibility to pass was through a cash payment”.
“As the person did not have cash in his pocket and at the insistence of the truckers, they themselves They suggested that he go to the ATM at the Copec pump, which was nearby. There was no alternative, because these people had to go to rest, spend the night in La Serena, and then go back to work right there,” Díaz said.
“The victim does not want to re-victimize herself”
The director of the production company was consulted about the presence of Carabineros, specifically where they were at the time of what happened.
& #8220;Carabineros was at the north end of the line of trucks, we went from south to north, and the collection of money was further south. The whole deal takes place where they have the barricade, closer to the bomb,” Díaz said.
Those affected did not want to report it, since “once all this happened, the person was very shocked and felt super violated. Decide not to report so as not to escalate this situation, to be able to continue working”.
“There was no point in getting involved with the Carabineros, because the crime had been committed and they had to move on. I found it acceptable that he did not file the complaint, because making the crime visible puts the person and the entourage at risk. The victim does not want to re-victimize herself and for the violence to which she was exposed to happen”, Díaz argued.
As for whether or not they will take legal action in this regard , the director of Parox said that “I am not going to activate a case, but as a citizen I felt I had the right to denounce it, because it is worrying and violent”.
“Now, the people directly involved have all the evidence to do so, because there are many witnesses and there is even the bomb camera that films how this person takes money from the ATM to deliver it to the truckers,” said Díaz.
Even members of the caravan were asked about this situation. “We had to pay $100 Lucas per truck. And the Carabineros were next door, about 20-30 meters away, and they did nothing,” said Mauro Dupis, a Parox producer, who was a witness on the ground.
In a statement, the Carabineros de Coquimbo stressed that their presence on the ground “is focused on avoiding the generation of any type of crime associated with or derived from the demonstration by truckers, but here the role of the people is essential, because we must have complaints formal procedures that allow us to monitor, intervene or stop if necessary.
“Thanks to this, to date we have filed 12 complaints with the Public Ministry and Local Police Courts, for various events framed in the strike. However, we have no complaint about the specific case”, they assured from the police institution.